City & Guilds NPTC has been at the forefront of developments for statutory and code of practice qualifications for the safe use of pesticides, sheep dipping, chainsaw operation and transport of livestock, required by the Pesticide Safety Directorate, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, DEFRA, the HSE and other government agencies and national bodies.

City & Guilds NPTC assessments are quality assured and managed to the highest standards. They are carried out by approved independent assessors and are either in practical or theory format. Assessments can be carried out at your place of work or at a venue designated by us. If you would like more information or would like to book an assessment, please get in touch.

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Pesticide Group (QCF)

This is a legally required qualification by the control of Pesticide Regulations for anyone applying pesticides on a commercial basis. It is divided into 13 units. Unit PA1 is the foundation unit covering legislation through the approved code of practice. Units PA2- PA13 are specific to type of applicator being used such as knapsack sprayer, boom sprayer or seed treatment.

Pesticides Learners Guide

PA1 Foundation Module – Safe Use of Pesticides (theory)

PA2 Ground Crop Sprayer- mounted or trailed

PA3 Broadcast or variable geometry boom sprayer-mounted or trailed

PA4 Pesticide granular application- mounted or trailed

PA5 Boated mounted applicators

PA6 Handheld applicator

PA7 Aerial applicator- pilot

PA8 Mixer loader

PA9 Fogging, misting and smokes

PA10 Batch dipping

PA11 Seed treating equipment

PA12 Application of pesticides to material as a continuous process via conveyer, roller tables and other moving equipment

PA13 Sub-surface liquid applicator

Chainsaw and Related Operations (QCF)

The Certificate of Competence in Chainsaws and Related Operations offer a range of practical assessments covering all aspects of chainsaw work. The core units CS30.1 and CS30.2 cover maintenance of the saw including recognition of safety features, chain sharpening, engine care and basic crosscutting material. The subsequent units CS31-48 build up in complexity through felling of various sizes of tree or utility poles, pruning operations form within the tree canopy, dealing with windblown trees and dismantling. The NPTC chainsaw qualifications are recognised in the HSE guidance as being the appropriate qualification route for professional chainsaw users.

Chainsaw and Related Operations Learners Guide

CS30 Prepare and Maintain the Chainsaw

CS31 Fell and Process Small Trees

CS32 Fell and Process Trees Over 380mm

CS34 Sever Individually Uprooted Trees

CS35 Sever Multiple Windblown Trees Including Leaning Half Blown, Broken Trees and Hung Up Trees

CS38 Climb Trees and Perform Aerial Rescue

CS39 Use of a Chainsaw from a Rope and Harness

CS40 Carry Out Pruning Operations

CS41 Undertake Sectional Felling Operations

CS42 Carry Out Stump Protection Using Stump Protection Fluids

CS43 Fell Utility Poles

CS45 Arboricultural Ground-Worker

CS46 Re-pollard Trees at a Maximum Height of Five Meters

CS47 Safe Use of a Chainsaw from Mobile Elevated Work Platforms

CS48 Use of Powered Pole Pruners

CS50 Techniques for Dealing with Damaged Trees